Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, Monkgate, York
Tues Jun 23-Sat Jun 27 @ 7.30pm; Sat matinee @ 2.30pm
It was a musical written in the Seventies and based on a 2,000 year old story. So how do you update it for the digital era?
That was the challenge facing York Light Opera when they decided to stage Godspell, running in York this week.
The answer was some careful updating to the Stephen Schwarz musical, based on the New Testament gospels.
This new production will include references to social media, smartphones and TV shows, woven into parables like the good Samaritan and the prodigal son.
Director Hilary Dyson explains:
When Jesus arrives he teaches them how to communicate with each other again, and work together to form a better society.
‘Silly with a strong message’
Godspell was one of the earliest compositions by Stephen Schwartz, now best known as the composer for the hit musical Wicked.
The songs are varied in style and genre, from the lilting Day By Day to the show stopping All For The Best.
In keeping with some of the show’s digital themes the cast members have all taken selfies, and these photos will feature in the performance.
It’s funny, silly and light-hearted but has a strong message about the importance of working together and not isolating yourself from the world.